School official: Bed bugs found at Waterbury school

Kaitlyn Naples

WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) — A school official confirms health officials are working to clear up a bed bug issue at a school in Waterbury.

The bed bugs were found at the Waterbury Career Academy on Wednesday.

Waterbury School’s Chief Operating Officer Will Clark said the proper protocol went into effect and the health department brought in cleaning crews.

“There is no risk of harm to students, staff or visitors. Bed bugs are common in the United States. They do not transmit disease and pose no immediate health risk to humans. Instances of health impacts are linked to scratching of bites and potential infection or allergic reaction. Any suspected bite should be checked by a health professional and treated accordingly,” school officials said in a press release.

Throughout the day, parents could be spotted picking up their kids from the school. 

“She called me on the phone and said, ‘you need to come get me.’ I said, ‘I’ll be there, what’s going on?’ She said, ‘we got bed bugs,'” said Joyce Bond, a parent. 

Bond hurried over to the high school.

“We were in second period and they said they found bed bugs in the third floor in one of the classrooms,” said Brenda Lasky. 

Staff immediately instituted it’s protocol, contacting the health department, along with the school facilities department, and the bus company. 

“We’re taking the appropriate steps, cleaning all the areas that may have been impacted. That was underway immediately and we’re working with the school and the folks in question, the health department in particular, to make sure the source to the extent we can identify is remediated as well,” said Will Clark, Chief Operating Officer, Waterbury Public Schools. 

While the thought is the bed bugs were brought in from outside the school, parents say it’s still an uneasy feeling to know there’s a chance your kid could come in contact with one. 

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